The principal office is located in Warendorf and the production takes place in Warendorf and Münster, Germany. Osmo products are distributed by more than 2500 specialist dealers in Germany and in numerous countries in Europe and all over the world.
The foundation of Osmo wood finishes has been based upon purified and refined natural resources throughout the last 30 years. The dry finish fulfils both the DIN EN 71.3 (suitable for children's toys) and DIN 53160 (fast to perspiration and saliva) and as such is safe for humans, animals and plants. Osmo uses carefully harvested natural oils (sunflower, soya, linseed and thistle oil) and hard waxes (carnauba and candellila wax) for its finishes. The inorganic pigments used for Osmo Color are created from natural ores, these are cleaned and refined until a level of physiological purity has been achieved and only a pure mineral element remains.Osmo has been working for many years with "High Solid Products" which contain only a small amount of solvent. For years now Osmo has also been working to develop products which are completely free from solvents (VOC's), as a result of this research the Osmo "Full Solid" range of products was launched, Osmo is still striving to develop this technology further for the years to come.
Osmo Polyx Oil Tints is normal Polyx Oil (satin) which contains a very small amount of coloured tint. It gives a very faint coloured effect. Polyx Oil Tints is a finish in it's own right - just like normal Polyx Oil.
Osmo Woodwax Transparent is a one coat, coloured transparent stain, which contains approximately three times the amount of pigment as Polyx Oil Tints, thereby giving a greater depth of colour to the timber. Being a stain, it penetrates the timber, but still requires a clear finish such as 2 coats of Polyx Oil over the top.
If you require a faint washed coloured effect, then Polyx Oil Tints is the product to use. If you require a deeper colour, then Woodwax Transparent is recommended, with 2 coats of normal Polyx Oil over the top.
Payment by credit card for orders made online are handled through a secure "payment gateway" called DPS. It is similar to Paypal, and is supported by all the major Banks in New Zealand, and Banks worldwide. We never see your credit card details. All we get is an email from DPS quoting your order number, the amount and whether the transaction has been approved or declined.
If you are still hesitant about using your card on line, there is always the option of paying for your order by internet banking, or by cheque.
There are 3 main types of floor finishes. An oil will penetrate and nourish the timber, but will not form a film on the surface. Maintenance of oiled finishes is high. A polyurethane or varnish type finish forms a film on the surface of the timber. It does not penetrate into, or nourish the timber. If the flooring timber moves, the polyurethane will crack, and the floor will need resanding. An oil and wax combination finish such as Osmo Polyx Oil is the best of both worlds. Please click here to see more information.
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Once cured, Osmo Top Oil is food safe. It contains no biocides or preservatives. It is safe for man, animal and plant when dry, and complies with all European standards.